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Finance graduates put in the hours

Published: Tuesday, 31 July 2007   Category: Professional & financial services

Finance graduates expect to work in excess of 35 hours a week, according to a new survey.

The research suggests that more than three quarters of professionals within the industry expect to work over the 35 hour benchmark, a third were prepared to work up to 45 hours a week and an astonishing 13 per cent would spend over 56 hours in the office.

Sarah Williams of FSS recruitment, the company which conducted the study, said: "With the average working week now lasting 39.5 hours, we are finding that candidates still have to be prepared and are expected to put in more time at the office."

She added: "As we are still experiencing a real war for talent for the best people, those companies able to offer more flexible hours may have themselves a competitive advantage."

According to the Office of National Statistics, full-time employees 100 years ago had an average working week of 50 hours, 10.5 more hours than today's average.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18229612-ADNFCR

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